April 9–August 6, 2018
Text and textile are linked far beyond their shared linguistic origin in the Latin verb texere, meaning to weave. Both are situated at intersections of the material and the cultural. Craft, content, and context determine their use values and multiple meanings over time. A multitude of technologies and techniques of the hand and the machine give structure to words as well as fibers. Such verbal and visual transformations may appear on the surface of the thing itself or lie beneath the assembly of interlocking, overlapping, or contrasting elements.
This selection of materials held by the Haas Arts Library Special Collections ranges from a late 18th-century recipe for blue dye to a flipbook rendition of Scheherazade’s nightly storytelling routine. Some works incorporate various methods of textile practice. Others draw parallels through language, pattern, or material. This exhibition is a companion to the Beinecke Library’s Text and Textile exhibition on view from May 3 to August 12.
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Curator: Molly E. Dotson
Image copyright Mika Tajima. Used with permission.